High Wire by Magic Rock Brewing

Thursday, 1 September 2016

 Beer Name: High Wire

Brewer: Magic Rock Brewing, Hudersfield, England

Date Sampled: 1st September 2016

ABV: 5.5%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

So this is the second Magic Rock beer that I've sampled (my review of their Salty Kiss can be found here) and it's another can that I picked up from the Can and Bottle fridge at the Leopold Tavern in Southsea.

Once again, the design is unmistakably Magic Rock, this time with a definite Circus theme rippling through the familiar looking monsters across the front of the can.

This West Coast Style Pale Ale is part of Magic Rock's core range, comes in either cask, keg or can and should be one that you'll stumble across sooner or later if you drink in the right sort of places.

It's only lightly carbonated however, with an aggressive pour, it does produce a satisfying and enticing head and the beer itself is a cloudy orange colour.

The nose is all grapefruit; with your eyes shut you could almost be about to dive into one of those virtuous breakfasts that seem to only really exist in magazine and TV adverts.

But thankfully this isn't breakfast (if it is you probably need to ask yourself some serious questions), so rather than dipping your spoon into a piece of fruit wishing that you'd ordered the Full English, you get to drink a rather pleasing Pale Ale.

The taste continues down the same citrus path that the aroma first took you down, although there is hint of 'just-ripe pineapple' sweetness nipping at your heals, along with a suggestion of floral hoppiness.

The finish however is all grapefruit, leaving your mouth refreshed and ready for more.

It's not the most complicated beer in the world, but it doesn't need to be. It is a great representation of a West Coast Pale Ale and is another example of Magic Rock getting it right.

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